Violinist Tomescu, pianist Tebenikhin to perform in George Enescu International Competition


The laureates will for the first time benefit from a master class at the Vienna Music Academy.

Two of the outstanding laureates of George Enescu International Competition, acclaimed Romanian violinist Alexandru Tomescu and Kazakh pianist Amir Tebenikhin will open this year’s edition of the event during a first-ever extraordinary gala to be hosted by the Romanian Athenaeum in the capital on Saturday, Agerpres reports. Performed at the gala being held for the first time in the Competition history will be Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 Op. 11, the Violin and Orchestra Concert in Ti minor Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the Piano and Orchestra Concert in La minor Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg.
The 14th edition of the event to unfurl over September 6-27 includes four competition sections: violin, cello, piano and composition.
The competition was named to honour Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and teacher George Enescu (1881 – 1955), one of the most prominent musicians of the end-19th century and the first half of the 20th century, unanimously considered by specialised critics as the most important Romanian musician.
The final concerts will be given at the Romanian Athenaeum together with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra. According to the organisers, as many as 240 candidates from 36 countries on five continents have applied for and been accepted in the competition.
The contest, carrying the message ‘Romania Counts!’ offers prizes totalling 100,000 euros and the laureates will for the first time benefit from a master class at the Vienna Music Academy following an offer made by its director Igor Petrushevski as well as the possibility to play on the most important Romanian stages alongside the local philharmonic orchestras.
Furthermore, three of the most renowned musicians of the time – Marek Pijarowski, Justus Franz and Ovidiu Balan – will conduct the finals of the George Enescu International Competition, with the event also scheduling an extraordinary recital by French pianist Jean-Claude Pennetier, one of the contest judges, who also attended last year’s edition of Enescu Festival.
George Enescu International Competition made its official debut in Sept 1958
George Enescu International Competition made its official debut in September 1958, when George Enescu International Festival was launched. As early as from its first editions and particularly after the December 1989 Revolution, George Enescu International Competition became one of the most valuable European events of its kind, putting Romania on the map of the classical music competitions recognised by the highest international specialised bodies. The Competition has become a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions starting 2002, being the only Romanian classical music competition organised and judged in accordance with the Federation standards and statutes.

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